3 Muscle Cars Facing Off at SEMA For Title of “Best Build”

November is rapidly approaching and with that comes the 2019 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. This year’s show will be hosting another Battle of the Builders  (BOTB) competition and this one is shaping up to be the most competitive one yet.

The competition for the best build is going to be extremely stiff, but we picked three sweet rides that you should keep an eye on leading up to the SEMA Show.

We are going to be highlighting the Ringbrothers’ 1969 Camaro, Paul Jurewicz’s 1957 Studebaker Golden Hawk, and Troy Gudgel’s 1969 Camaro.

First off is the Ringbrother’s 1969 Chevrolet Camaro.

Designed, engineered, and built by Jim and Mike Ring, this ’69 Camaro is a prime candidate to take the trophy. There is no small detail on this build that was overlooked. It started with a CAD design, went to foam block sculpting, and eventually ended up in its current carbon fiber form. The carbon fiber car is powered by a Wegner‘s 416 LS3 with an 890hp Whipple supercharger. Is this enough power to burnout the other competitors? Though much of the details of this build are on hold for the unveiling, this illustration gives us a little sneak peek of the quality this build is expected to bring to the BOTB competition.

The Ringbrothers have already made a name for themselves with previous builds that you can find on their website and Instagram. However, this Camaro is looking to be one their best, if not the best, build in their arsenal.

Next up is Paul Jurewicz’s 1957 Studebaker Golden Hawk.

Coming into SEMA’s Battle of the Builders, Paul Jurewicz is already a well-decorated hot rod builder. He has multiple titles from various build competitions and is gunning to continue this trend at SEMA 2019. We know a bit more about Jurewicz, Studebaker Golden Hawk than we do about the Ringbrothers’ Camaro. This custom rod consists of a unique combination of many different cars.

It all starts with a ’57 Studebaker cowl and windshield. From there Jurewicz grafted in a ’60s Pontiac front clip as well as a ’60-’63 Corvair rear. The hood is from a 1960 Thunderbird and the trunk lid is actually a 1980s Audi sunroof from a station wagon! Underneath this unique body is the rear suspension out of a 1980s era Jaguar and the front suspension out of a 1990s era Corvette. The powerplant for this beautiful Frankenstein is a 1996 Lincoln V8 motor souped-up with an aftermarket intake, a Demon carburetor, MSD ignition backed by a Ford C-4 automatic transmission. It will be interesting to see what this crazy collection of different cars all crammed into one will do at BOTB.

To finish it off, we have Troy Gudgel’s 1969 Chevrolet Camaro.

This is not Grudgel’s first attempt at taking the cake at SEMA’s BOTB. This year, Grudgel is coming in hot with a stunning yet powerful 1969 Camaro. The car consists of multiple handcrafted metal pieces like the removable top, rear end, hood, and bumpers. The interior follows the same theme of handbuilt aluminum pieces and dash but this time the metal is wrapped in Italian leather.

With 700+ HP coming out of a supercharged LT4 in a hand-crafted custom engine bay and being sent to the wheels and tires mounted to a widened rear end, Gudgel hopes to out power the competition for the victory.

About the author

Jason Samp

I am an avid gearhead that lives for those late nights in the garage wrenching and tuning. I also have a passion for journalism and it is my dream to combine those two things together into a career.
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